Extra Corporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a treatment that has been used for over 20 years in various branches of medicine. Shockwave therapy is the use of acoustic sound waves to deliver high energy shockwaves into painful tissue to aid in healing, improved tissue function and ultimately reduction in pain.
Shockwave therapy usually forms part of a comprehensive treatment plan to keep you moving and pain free long term.
Shockwave therapy is used to treat injured tissue, aid in healing and improve tissue function long term. The shock waves refer to acoustic sound waves and feel like a deep tapping sensation rather than a “shock”.
The intensity of shockwave therapy is guided by the patient and the practitioner together. This is to ensure the correct intensity of treatment is utilised for tissue repair whilst remaining most comfortable for the patient.
Shockwave therapy is a useful treatment modality for a variety of painful conditions in the foot and ankle. This treatment is most commonly used for chronic injuries (ie. injuries that have been present for more than 2-3 months). Shockwave therapy can be used on a variety of different structures; however it is mainly used on muscles and tendons.
Some of the conditions for which it may be recommended include;
– Leg pain
– Chronic pain or muscle injury
Shockwave therapy is conducted by our qualified Podiatrists. It uses a pneumatically powered hand piece to generate shockwaves, which are transmitted to the site of injury.
At the start of the journey you will be given a diagnosis and treatment plan. This treatment plan is guided to suit individual patient needs and goals. Shockwave therapy may fit into this treatment plan, if it does here are a few notes on how it works!
The treatment session uses 2,000 – 3,000 pulses per area of treatment. Each area takes around 3-10 minutes and intensity can be varied significantly. Most patients will notice some pain relief immediately.
Intensity of treatment can be varied to ensure that the right balance is reached between delivering enough energy to encourage results without being too uncomfortable.
In order to receive the most benefit from the treatment, it is often recommended that patients receive multiple sessions of shockwave therapy. This will depend on the injury and goals of treatment but usually varies from 4-6 sessions.